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- I visit it by day, I visit it at nightfall. I always stand by the lamentation drum!
- I really think that the drums are as poetic and romantic as any instrument.
- It's not like I don't know I'm playing loud. I mean, that's drumming. If you want polite, go listen to the MJQ. If you want soft, listen to Sérgio Mendes. See, that's part of the ethic and whole world of drumming: drums are meant to be loud. It's like telling a piccolo player, "Don't play high" or telling a trumpet player, "Don't be so brassy" or telling a bass player, "Don't play so low." Volume, physicality, and aggressiveness are part of what drumming is all about.
- Tony Williams, as quoted in "Tony Williams: A Master's Perspective" by Bill Milkowski, Modern Drummer (July 1992), p. 75